How to Find Right and Wrong Side in CrochetBy Claire Ortega-Reyes – 27 Comments
Have you ever seen a crocheted item displayed wrong side out? The worst case I ever came across ironically was inside a craft store. I came across a crocheted doily, and it was displayed wrong side up! I cannot believe my eyes; the doily even had Irish crochet roses on the border. It should have been too easy to tell the front from the back, with a three-dimensional design element.
So how do we tell the two sides apart? It can be difficult, specially when the item is made in the round–the two sides could look identical at first glance. Let’s take a look:
The photos above show the front and back side of crochet made in the round, all in single crochet stitches. The sides look very similar, save for the tail end of the work (which usually shows up in the back). But this distinguishing feature disappears when the ends are woven in–what then? We take a closer look:
There are a number of differences we can see now–the front really does look neater than the back of the work. The front of the work shows the neat v’s of the sc stitches; the back shows not only the v of the stitches, but also the uneven dashes above the v’s.
The photos above show all double crochet stitches worked in the round. Again, not much difference from the front and the back of the work save for the tail end.
Upon closer inspection, though, we see that the front again looks neater than the back. There appear to be visibly raised ridges on the back of the work; the front looks more even.
So what can we do to stop people from showcasing crocheted items inside out? For clothing or accessories, crocheters can put labels on the wrong side–this makes the item look more professionally done, too.
Then again, not all people care about this issue. Specially if the crocheted item is more functional than ornamental–if it works, why bother it?
What do you think? Have you had a similar experience, or are even guilty of the crime? Let me know what you think!